Jeff Smith (Mississippi)
|Mississippi House of Representatives, District 39|
|1992 - present|
|January 3, 2016|
|Years in position||23|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 8, 2011|
|First elected||November 5, 1991|
|Next general||November 3, 2015|
|Bachelor's||Mississippi State University|
|J.D.||University of Mississippi Law School|
|Date of birth||December 6, 1949|
Smith switched party affiliations from Democratic to Republican on June 1, 2011. He told reporters that he decided to become a Republican because the GOP recruited a candidate to run against him in an election for House Speaker.
Smith earned his B.S. and J.D. from Mississippi State University. His professional experience includes working as an attorney; he was a Prosecutor for Lowndes County from 1980 to 1989.
During the 2012-2013 legislative session, Smith served on the following committees:
|Mississippi Committee Assignments, 2012|
|• Fees and Salaries of Public Officers|
|• Judiciary A|
|• Judiciary En Banc|
|• Legislative Budget|
|• Public Health and Human Services|
|• Ways and Means, Chair|
During the 2010-2011 legislative session, Smith served on the following committees:
|Mississippi Committee Assignments, 2010|
|• Judiciary B|
|• Public Health and Human Services|
|• Ways and Means|
Race for Speaker
Following House Speaker William McCoy's (D) decision not to run for re-election in 2011, lawmakers poised to run for his position. Smith was considered a possible frontrunner for the speakership. He narrowly lost the 2008 speaker election by a single vote. Lawmakers elected Philip Gunn (R) at the start of the 2012 session.
On November 8, 2011, Smith won re-election to District 39 of the Mississippi House of Representatives. He defeated Jack Larmour in the primary on August 2, 2011. Smith was unchallenged in the November 8 general election. 
On November 6, 2007 Smith was re-elected in District 39. He defeated James Samuel in the primary election and ran unopposed in the general election.
|Mississippi House of Representatives, District 39 (2007)|
|Jeffrey Smith (D)||6,778||100.0%|
In 2011, Smith received $64,825 in campaign donations. The top contributors are listed below.
|Mississippi House of Representatives 2011 election - Campaign Contributions|
|Top contributors to Jeff Smith (Mississippi)'s campaign in 2011|
|Smith, Jeffrey C||$15,000|
|Mississippi Coalition For Progress||$2,500|
|Mendall, Richard C & Julia C||$2,500|
|Mississippi Hospital Association||$2,500|
|Home Builders Association Of Mississippi||$2,000|
|Total Raised in 2011||$64,825|
|Total Votes received in 2011||7,380|
|Cost of each vote received||$8.78|
In 2007, Smith collected $127,267 in donations.
Listed below are the five largest contributors to his campaign.
|Depriest, Donald R.||$5,000|
|Burns Dirt Construction Inc.||$5,000|
|Mississippi Medical Association||$5,000|
|Mississippi Automobile Dealers Association||$2,500|
Smith has been a member of the Chamber of Commerce and the Columbus Arts Council, Deacon of First Baptist Church, member of the Lowndes County Bar Association, Board President of the Steens Civic Club, and President of Swim Columbus.
- Office website
- Legislative profile from Project Vote Smart
- Biography from Project Vote Smart
- Campaign contributions: 2009, 2007, 2005, 2003, 1999
- Fox News, House Speaker Candidate Smith Switches to GOP, 1 June 2011
- Project Vote Smart - Rep. Smith
- Race for House speaker begins in earnest," August 3, 2011
- Associated Press, "Lawmakers convene, elect Gunn as House Speaker," January 4, 2012.
- Associated Press, "Mississippi Primary Election Results," accessed August 3, 2011.
- Mississippi Secretary of State, 2011 Official Primary Candidate List
- Mississippi Secretary of State, 2007 election results.
- Follow the Money - 2011 contributions
- Follow the Money, 2007 contributions to Jeffrey Smith.
|Mississippi House of Representatives District 39
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State of Mississippi
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